Stadium retains 'War Memorial' name, adds 'AT&T'
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - AT&T has bought the naming rights for a historic Arkansas sports venue, but War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock will keep its longtime moniker.
Under the 10-year, $1.8 million sponsorship deal, the 62-year-old stadium now will be known as "War Memorial Stadium, AT&T Field." Gary Smith, the chairman of the stadium's commission, says removing "War Memorial" from the stadium's name would dishonor veterans.
AT&T Arkansas president Ed Drilling says the company understands it's a sensitive issue and also will offer college scholarships named in honor of the state's World War II Medal of Honor recipients.
Edward "Bud" LaVallee, the state commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, says he's OK with the deal with AT&T as long as "War Memorial" remains the primary part of the stadium's name.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com
3 represent Razorbacks at U.S. Women's Open
(AP) - A trio of Arkansas golfers will be in the mix as the 2010 U.S. Women's Open gets under way Thursday at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
Current Arkansas player Kelli Shean will join former Razorbacks Stacy Lewis and Lucy Nunn.
In addition to facing a demanding course, the field of 156 professional and amateur competitors will have another challenge: beating the heat. Temperatures at the club have been in the 90s.
Hamilton homers to lead Rangers over Indians
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Josh Hamilton homered to stretch his home hitting streak to 26 games, C.J. Wilson pitched six strong innings and the Texas Rangers got plenty of offense in a 12-1 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Vladimir Guerrero added a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy also went deep, and Joaquin Arias had a career-high four RBIs for Texas.
The game was delayed for 16 minutes in the fifth inning when a male spectator fell about 30 feet from the second deck while attempting to catch a foul ball. Paramedics tended to the man. He was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital, where a team spokesman said he was responsive and able to move all of his extremities.
The AL West-leading Rangers got back on track after losing 5 of their previous seven.
Rangers option Beltre, recall Mathis
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers have optioned right-hander Omar Beltre to AAA Oklahoma City and recalled right-hander Doug Mathis.
Beltre allowed four runs in three innings in his second major league start Monday, a 9-3 loss to Cleveland. Beltre was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA since he was called up from Oklahoma City on June 30.
Mathis opened the season with the Rangers, making nine relief appearances before being optioned on May 15. He was 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in his earlier stint with Texas and was 3-4 with a 5.09 ERA in nine starts for Oklahoma City.
Rangers manager Ron Washington says Mathis or left-hander Matt Harrison (now with Oklahoma City) will start Saturday against Baltimore.
Psst, wanna buy a major league team? Got $500M?
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Got half a billion dollars?
The Texas Rangers are expected to go on the auction block next week after an unexpected snag in the team's bankruptcy plans.
But don't call your banker just yet. Major League Baseball has set some strict guidelines for potential bidders, including a $1.5 million deposit and an opening bid of more than $500 million.
A group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg is still an expected favorite to buy the team. Angry team creditors say their bid shouldn't have been accepted in the first place.
The bankruptcy judge still has to approve the July 16 auction.
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